Wine Cellar Insulation – Styrofoam™ Extruded Polystyrene (XPS)
Wine Cellar Insulation has recently come into high demand because our construction industry has experience a high demand for built in home wine cellars with ridged insulation. Once considered a seldom-used room in the basement, the trend is moving towards a wine cellar in the main house, where people can show guests their collection and easily pick out the best drop for an occasion.
Wine cellars must be constructed properly to ensure the health of the wine. They must have a controlled temperature and humidity while limiting exposure to UV light. Because of the fact that our temperatures can reach in excess of 40° C in summer they require an artificial cooling system that can be costly to run and maintain if not insulated correctly. To achieve this, it is recommended that wine cellars use a ridged insulation with high R-values.
Styrofoam™ Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) is recommended in all cold storage applications, including wine cellars. Styrofoam™’s ridged closed cell structure means it can withstand the extremes of cold storage and maintain constant temperatures, which is easily adapted to Wine Cellars Insulation.
For optimum results, wine must be stored at a controlled low temperature of around 12-18°C for red wines . This is why traditionally in the northern hemisphere wine is stored in basements. The Australian climate makes this insufficient in most cases. Styrofoam™ Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) acts as a barrier, keeping cold temperatures in, and warm temperatures out. This will also prolong the life of the cooling system and lower ongoing energy costs, because of the reduction in temperature fluctuations and heat leakage.
Styrofoam™ is light weight, quick and easy to install with traditional carpenters tools. It can be screwed straight into timber or steel studwork, creating a seam free insulation shield, eliminating the thermal bridging through the framework associated with batts and other insulation. Styrofoam™ is also safe to clad over, including render, gyprock, stone and wood, so there is no need to sacrifice aesthetics for function.
Wine requires a humid environment to stop the air drawing moisture from the bottle. The water in this humidity will cause damage to the areas surrounding the wine cellar. Most other insulation types will be rendered useless in this humid environment because capillary attraction will draw conductive moisture into them. Styrofoam™ has a closed cell structure, and therefore will not absorb any moisture, maintaining its high R-values. It also stops water vapour from escaping and damaging areas adjacent to the wine cellar. This is why Styrofoam™ is the Wine Cellar Insulation of choice when planning to build a wine cellar in your home.
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